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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Comcast increases download speeds on some broadband offerings

Comcast announced Tuesday that it is doubling the speeds of two of its Internet tiers in certain markets, including the Nashua region, at no additional cost.

Xfinity Blast customers will now get download speeds of up to 50 Mbps, formerly 25 Mbps, and Extreme 50 customers will now receive speeds of up to 105 Mbps, formerly 50 Mbps. The move is part of a continuing battle among telephone, cable and wireless providers for Internet business.

“More customers are simultaneously connecting to the Internet through tablets, laptops and smartphones within their homes,” said Cathy Avgiris, executive vice president and general manager, Data and Communications Services at Comcast. “We will continue to increase speeds as customer demands evolve.”

Comcast said it will begin to launch Xfinity Platinum Internet, a faster tier, with download speeds up to 305 Mbps and upload speeds up to 65 Mbps, throughout the Northeast. The service, costing $300 a month, comes in cities where it competes with Verizon, which recently launched a 300 Mbps service as part of its FiOS service. Comcast is launching these enhancements and offerings across many major markets, including Boston, Hartford, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Wilmington, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Richmond, and New Jersey.